Karnataka · Travel

Rosary Church, Shettihalli: a journey back in time.

A recent visit to Hassan took us to one of the most stunning places I have visited of late.  About 25 km from Hassan, on the Hassan-Shettihalli Road, lies the gorgeous remains of the Holy Rosary church.  Situated on the banks of the Gorur-Hemavathy reservoir, this church is believed to have been built by the French… Continue reading Rosary Church, Shettihalli: a journey back in time.

Karnataka · Travel

Color, creativity and craftsmanship: Mangalore Flower Market

Flowers are an integral part of Indian culture and occupy a very significant place whether during daily worship, festivals or any special occasions or celebrations.  Visiting flower markets in any Indian city can be quite an experience. It is, according to me, a great place to soak in the local culture, customs and craft as… Continue reading Color, creativity and craftsmanship: Mangalore Flower Market

Travel · United Kingdom

Transport Museum: Bury

We happened to visit the town of Bury enroute to Ramsbottom where we visited the Chocolate festival.  Part of greater Manchester, this town is just about thirty minutes from Manchester central and was once famous as a textile manufacturing hub. The most prominent monument in the center of the town is the Peel Memorial which… Continue reading Transport Museum: Bury

Kerala · Travel

Kodanad Elephant Training centre: Kerala

Elephants being an integral part of Indian culture and mythology have always fascinated me.  So when I heard about the elephant training centre in Kodanad near Kochi, I was sure not to miss it.  Located on the southern bank of the river Periyar, the area is part of the Malayattoor forest division and is about 42… Continue reading Kodanad Elephant Training centre: Kerala

Decor

Upcycling idea: Door frame to wall shelves

Wood, according to me is always a commodity that should not be wasted and must be reused/recycled at every opportunity. So when another door frame was being discarded,  I was sure I wanted to upcycle this one also.  The door frame was much larger than the previous one I had worked on.  So I decided… Continue reading Upcycling idea: Door frame to wall shelves

Decor

Upcycling Idea: cupboard frame to mirror frame

When we were looking to buy an additional mirror for one of the rooms, none of the ones available in the store matched what we wanted.  Either they were too garish with elaborate frames and fancy shapes or a size that was not suitable for us.  All I wanted was a simple rectangular mirror with… Continue reading Upcycling Idea: cupboard frame to mirror frame

Food · Travel · United Kingdom

Ramsbottom chocolate festival: joyful indulgence

Food festivals, local farmers’ markets, harvest festivals and events like flea and Sunday markets have always fascinated me.  They tend to showcase local art, craft, produce and provide a great insight into the culture and heritage of a place.  I always try and visit these events for their novel and sometimes unconventional appeal. While visiting… Continue reading Ramsbottom chocolate festival: joyful indulgence